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Is it ok to eat iron-fortified foods while breastfeeding?
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Dr. Jeffrey Min
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
During breastfeeding, your baby takes all sort of nutrition out of you body and iron is one of them. To keep your iron stores good for your baby and breastfeeding, it is good to eat iron fortified foods.

In brief: Yes
During breastfeeding, your baby takes all sort of nutrition out of you body and iron is one of them. To keep your iron stores good for your baby and breastfeeding, it is good to eat iron fortified foods.
Dr. Jeffrey Min
Dr. Jeffrey Min
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Women are much more prone to anemia.
It is always a good idea to pay attention to the nutrients in our diets, specially with the added stressors of pregnacy and childbirth.

In brief: Yes
Women are much more prone to anemia.
It is always a good idea to pay attention to the nutrients in our diets, specially with the added stressors of pregnacy and childbirth.
Dr. Josephine Ruiz-Healy
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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Definitely, it is encouraged.

In brief: Yes
Definitely, it is encouraged.
Dr. Scott Katz
Dr. Scott Katz
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
It is great to eat a diet rich in iron while breastfeeding.
Making sure you do not become iron-deficient is very important to prevent your baby from developing iron. If your doctor has prescribed you an iron supplement for anemia, that is very safe to do as well.

In brief: Yes
It is great to eat a diet rich in iron while breastfeeding.
Making sure you do not become iron-deficient is very important to prevent your baby from developing iron. If your doctor has prescribed you an iron supplement for anemia, that is very safe to do as well.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Be advised that the nutrient content of breast milk remains remarkably constant, regardless of the mother's diet.
Mother's intake of extra iron will not increase the amount of iron in her breast milk.

In brief: Yes
Be advised that the nutrient content of breast milk remains remarkably constant, regardless of the mother's diet.
Mother's intake of extra iron will not increase the amount of iron in her breast milk.
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park
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Dr. Paul Trani
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Yes. It is ok, and often encouraged for moms at risk for iron deficiency.
Though breast milk contains low levels of iron, that iron is in a form that is much more likely to be absorbed and used by the baby. Thumbs up!

In brief: Yes
Yes. It is ok, and often encouraged for moms at risk for iron deficiency.
Though breast milk contains low levels of iron, that iron is in a form that is much more likely to be absorbed and used by the baby. Thumbs up!
Dr. Paul Trani
Dr. Paul Trani
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
If it was ok for a mom to eat iron-fortified foods before pregnancy, then it should be fine for her to eat iron-fortified foods while breastfeeding.
In regards to a baby, his iron-fortified foods are usually baby formula and baby cereals. If a baby is older than about 6 months, he can eat iron-fortified baby cereals while breastfeeding.

In brief: Yes
If it was ok for a mom to eat iron-fortified foods before pregnancy, then it should be fine for her to eat iron-fortified foods while breastfeeding.
In regards to a baby, his iron-fortified foods are usually baby formula and baby cereals. If a baby is older than about 6 months, he can eat iron-fortified baby cereals while breastfeeding.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
No problem.

In brief: Yes
No problem.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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